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Island Nights' Entertainments


Publication date 2016-01-06
LibriVox recording of Island Nights' Entertainments by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Read in English by Tony Addison
A marvelous depiction of two sides of South Sea Islands' life through three separate tales. One, the experience of the incoming British keen to live free and exploit the innocent; the other the supernatural as perceived by Stevenson working in the lives of the natives. One tale carries the germ of the story of Madame Butterfly, since become a part of Western culture. Another is an extraordinary retelling of a German horror story transposed to a South Sea Island setting. The last is an effort of the pure Stevensonian imagination and there can be nothing better. - Summary by TONY ADDISON
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Reviewer: Alonzo Church - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2016
Subject: A Grim Set of Entertainments
These three excellently stories, admirably read (particularly the first story), have nothing of flower scented romance about them. despite the title. The first story is a sharply etched character study of a brutal (and believably racist man) who nonetheless takes a native wife, and turns into a better man as a result (He doesn't completely reform -- the ending is gong to grate on some pc ears, but its ralistic). The other two tales are stories of curses and wizardry that are tense and a little unnerving.

I particularly like the voice the reader chose for the first story -- it fits the character narrating the tale beautifully.
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